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Clean up continues from flash flooding in Niles

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NILES, Ohio - The heavy rainfall Tuesday afternoon turned some dry roadways in Niles into what looked like rivers.

Water runoff made its way through Niles Union Cemetery and onto Route 46. Office buildings and neighborhoods spent Wednesday cleaning up as a result. A Taft Avenue homeowner tells 21 News her front and backyard went from dry to drenched in a matter of minutes.

"It happened so quickly, I mean, we literally blinked our eyes and we were flooded, the rain started falling at 4:30 p.m. and by 4:50 p.m., my basement was flooded," Michelle Sudzina says.

Almost two inches of water filled Sudzina's basement. She says her duel sump pump was working at first, but it backed up and couldn't keep up with the water.

"We have a groundwater valve and it just couldn't hold all of the groundwater," she says. "There's a crack in my basement floor and the water was actually coming through the crack."

Sudzina says she purchased supplemental insurance that covered the damage in her basement. She believes she's lucky after hearing about neighbors finding more severe flooding in their homes.

The city's mayor believes the sewers could not keep up with the rain. Up to two inches of rain fell in less than two hours in Niles.

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